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Cocoa sustainability - Articles and news items

Barry Callebaut and Prova to launch joint project empowering vanilla farmers

Industry news  •  21 September 2016  •  New Food

Barry Callebaut the world´s leading producer of high-quality cocoa and vanilla production experts Prova are combine to launch new project in Madagascar…

Barry Callebaut and Tony’s Chocolonely team up for fully traceable cocoa

Industry news  •  19 July 2016  •  Victoria White, Digital Content Producer

Barry Callebaut has installed a dedicated cocoa butter tank to produce cocoa butter from traceable beans sourced from Tony’s Chocolonely’s partners…

Tesco’s cocoa to come from Rainforest Alliance Certified sources by 2018

Industry news  •  19 July 2016  •  Victoria White, Digital Content Producer

All cocoa required for Tesco’s own label chocolate products sold in the UK will come from Rainforest Alliance Certified sources by the end of 2018…

Nestlé UK & Ireland sources 100% certified sustainable cocoa

Industry news  •  9 December 2015  •  Victoria White

Nestlé UK & Ireland has reached its target to source 100% certified sustainable cocoa for its chocolate confectionery and biscuits becoming the first major confectionery company in the UK and Ireland to do so…

Carma switches its chocolate couvertures to UTZ Certified cocoa

Industry news  •  22 September 2015  •  Victoria White

Carma, Barry Callebaut’s Swiss gourmet brand, is the first major Swiss B2B chocolate manufacturer to switch to UTZ Certified cocoa…

Barry Callebaut launches Cocoa Horizons Foundation

Industry news  •  17 September 2015  •  Victoria White

The mission of the Cocoa Horizons Foundation is to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their communities through the promotion of sustainable farming…

KitKat to use sustainably sourced cocoa only

Industry news  •  2 September 2015  •  Victoria White

Nestlé’s KitKat is the first global chocolate brand to announce that it will use only sustainably sourced cocoa to manufacture all of its products…

Chocolate manufacturers back GP-SCPP for sustainable cocoa production in Indonesia

Industry news  •  16 April 2015  •  Victoria White

Swisscontact Consortium, with members including Barry Callebaut, Mars, Mondelēz International and Nestlé, has entered in to a partnership called GP-SCPP…

Nestlé set to be first major confectionery company to source 100% sustainable cocoa in UK and Ireland

Industry news  •  6 August 2014  •  Nestlé

Nestlé UK & Ireland announced it is on target to achieve 100 per cent cocoa from sustainable sources by end of 2015, becoming the first major confectionery company in UK and Ireland to achieve this milestone…

Barry Callebaut initiates largest sustainable cocoa program in Cameroon

Featured news, News  •  20 June 2013  •  Barry Callebaut

Participating cocoa farmer cooperatives are the first cooperatives in Cameroon to become Rainforest AllianceCertified™…

Barry Callebaut’s sustainability efforts recognised by the Rainforest Alliance

Featured news, News  •  15 May 2013  •  Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut is set to receive the “Sustainable Standard-Setter” award at the Rainforest Alliance 2013 Annual Gala…

The Hershey Company’s commitment to cocoa sustainability

Issue 3 2012  •  3 July 2012  •  Andy McCormick, Vice President Public Affairs, The Hershey Company

The Hershey Company, famous for its chocolate bars, Hershey Kisses and Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, is actively engaged in a broad range of sustainability initiatives that are making a difference in the livelihoods of cocoa communities across West Africa. In fact, the company’s support for cocoa communities goes back more than 50 years.

During the past decade, The Hershey Company and its public and private partners have invested in developing new agricultural practices that are helping West African farmers double the yield on their cocoa farms, which in turn increases their families’ incomes.

In early 2012, Hershey announced plans to expand and accelerate programs to improve cocoa communities by investing USD 10 million in West Africa over the next five years. The USD 10 million commitment builds on the company’s cocoa expertise and partnerships and focuses on increasing the income of the region’s two million cocoa farmers to ensure long-term cocoa sustainability for the region and for Hershey’s global product line. During the past decade, Hershey has created, supported or funded programs that help the cocoa comm – unities develop more productive agriculture practices, build educational and community resources, and improve labour practices.

Cocoa sector close to reaching tipping point in sustainability

Issue 3 2012  •  3 July 2012  •  Han de Groot, Executive Director, UTZ CERTIFIED

More and more people are getting familiar with the word sustainability. It is after all everyone’s future that is at stake. Although the concept sustainability is winning terrain, it is still not a ‘reason to buy’ for consumers. Only five per cent are willing to pay more for a product that is responsibly sourced. The other 95 per cent base their choice for products on price, quality and brand familiarity. To make a substantial contribution to sustainability, a more practical approach is needed. UTZ CERTIFIED (one of the largest sustainability programs for coffee, cocoa and tea) has adopted such a practical approach by working together with existing brands. The manufacturers of these brands need raw materials on a large scale – raw materials that are produced by farmers in developing countries. By increasing the sustainability of these raw materials, we are able to raise the standard of living of a large number of farming communities.

The question then is how to convince these large manufacturers of the importance of sourcing sustainable if consumers are not willing to pay extra; by showing them the economic viability of trading responsibly and showing that sustainably sourced, certified raw materials don’t necessarily lead to more expensive products. The UTZ CERTIFIED sustainability program works from a bottom up approach using the UTZ-Code of Conduct to analyse the major problem areas for farmers on issues that have the most impact on income and sustainability, as well as a top down approach meeting market requirements.


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